WBEZ | Halvorson http://www.wbez.org/tags/halvorson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Halvorson to run to replace Jackson http://www.wbez.org/news/halvorson-run-replace-jackson-104012 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/5124scr_4cfd45ba9c0559e.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson is officially adding her name to the growing list of candidates interested in running to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. in Congress.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 13.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#333333">Fresh off a tough loss to Jackson in the March primary, Halvorson announced Monday she plans to run for the seat again, less than a week after the embattled longtime Congressman resigned.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">&quot;We knew that it would be an uphill battle winning against the Jackson name,&quot; Halvorson told WBEZ Monday, referring to her primary loss. &quot;You know, but unlike anybody else who would get in the race now, I was, you know, not afraid to take him on. And I&#39;m not afraid of tough battles.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">The list of Chicago pols said to be toying with a run for the Jackson&rsquo;s former 2<sup>nd</sup> Congressional District, which encompasses the South Side and parts of the south suburbs, seems to grow by the day. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Halvorson, who served one term in the U.S. House but lost re-election in 2010, is trying to position herself as the only candidate in the race so far with a congressional record. Before her stint in Congress, Halvorson also spent 12 years in the Illinois Senate where she served as Democratic majority leader.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Other people who have publicly flirted with a run at Jackson&rsquo;s former seat include Democratic Illinois State Sen. Toi Hutchison; Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale (9<sup>th</sup>); Democratic Illinois State Sen. Donnie Trotter</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#1F497D">; and Pastor Anthony Williams</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">. The list of rumored candidates is even longer.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">But as yet, Halvorson is the only white candidate who&rsquo;s stepped forward to represent the heavily Democratic, majority black district. But race isn&rsquo;t a concern, Halvorson said.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">&ldquo;We need to get past that,&rdquo; she said.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">But efforts to anoint an African-American consensus candidate are already underway. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Illinois State. Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat who is not running in the special election, said having too many black candidates in the race could dilute African-American political power. He said he&rsquo;s been in touch with some potential candidates in an effort to convince them to step aside for someone who has a better chance of winning, though he wouldn&rsquo;t say whom he&rsquo;s spoken to.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Raoul also called Halvorson&rsquo;s decision to throw her hat in the ring &ldquo;curious,&rdquo; given her primary loss to Jackson in March.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 13.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#333333">&ldquo;I think the fact that &hellip; she ran, and she lost overwhelmingly, suggest that she&rsquo;s not the candidate of choice of a vast majority of constituents in the district,&rdquo; Raoul said, suggesting that Halvorson may have seen opportunity in a race where a large number of African-American candidates could divide the black vote. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:13.5pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:16.5pt;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Jackson&#39;s long political career ended with his resignation on Wednesday. In his resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Jackson alluded to the bi-polar disorder that had kept him away from Congress since June, and to an ongoing federal investigation.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#1F497D"> He stepped down just a few weeks after easily winning re-election over Republican Brian Woodworth and independent Marcus Lewis on Nov. 6.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 13.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#333333">With a potentially large and unwieldy list of politicians who may run to replace Jackson, the Cook County Democratic Party is hoping to winnow the field with an endorsement, according to a party spokesman. It&rsquo;s unclear how soon that slating will occur, however.<o:p></o:p></span></p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/halvorson-run-replace-jackson-104012 Kinzinger’s victory could spark new debate over cap and trade http://www.wbez.org/story/cap-and-trade/kinzinger%E2%80%99s-victory-could-spark-new-debate-over-cap-and-trade <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-03/Adam Kinzinger 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama pushed hard for legislation that would have provided economic incentives to companies to reduce global warming pollution. <br /><br />Many Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives backed the measure in the summer of 2009, including 11th Congressional District freshman Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, of Crete, Ill.<br /><br />The cap and trade bill ultimately died once it reached the U.S. Senate, but Halvorson&rsquo;s support for it may have played a role in her defeat for re-election Tuesday night.<br /><br />&ldquo;The cap and trade legislation is dead,&rdquo; the 32-year-old Kinzinger said during his victory speech at a banquet hall in south suburban Frankfort.<br /><br />Kinzinger&rsquo;s victory helped Republicans take back Congress.<br /><br />The 11th District runs from the south suburbs to Blooington-Normal, to just east of the Quad Cities. The district has voted historically with Republicans, but voted in Halvorson two years ago following a scandal that involved longtime Congressman Jerry Weller.<br /><br />The former Air Force pilot and Bloomington native, Kinzinger said he viewed cap and trade as a tax on business, which could stifle job creation.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s in the private sector where jobs are created,&rdquo; Kinzinger said.<br /><br />Kinzinger said he does support the President&rsquo;s effort regarding energy police.<br /><br />&ldquo;The President says he supports nuclear, I support nuclear. He says he supports a long-term energy plan. I support it,&rdquo; Kinzinger said. &ldquo;But cap and trade was not the answer to that. Areas where we can find to work together, we ought to, but I&rsquo;m not going to flex on areas of budgets, spending and job creation.&rdquo;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cap-and-trade/kinzinger%E2%80%99s-victory-could-spark-new-debate-over-cap-and-trade